Last week it was the time for upsets across Alabama as seven #4 seeds won on the road against region champions to throw the brackets for a loop.
Auburn (10-1) at McGill-Toolen (11-0)
This is one of the more highly anticipated matchups in the state this week as the explosive offense of McGill-Toolen, led by Auburn commitment Jason Smith along with talented receiver Carl Lee, squares off against Reuben Foster, Rashaan Evans and a talented Auburn High defense.
Averaging 44 points per game, the Yellow Jackets have only had two games with a margin of victory less than 17 points this season. Last week McGill-Toolen defeated Enterprise 56-33.
Also with a potent offense led by Texas A&M commitment Cameron Echols-Luper, Auburn enters Friday night's game averaging 39.2 points per game and allowing 17.1 per contest. Last week Coach Tim Carter's Tigers took down Oak Mountain 34-10 to set up the long trip to Mobile this Friday night.
Auburn may need a big game from junior wide receiver/cornerback Blaise Taylor to pull off the upset this week. Last week he had two touchdown catches and also an interception return for a score.
Carver-Montgomery (10-1) at Fairhope (8-3)
On paper this one might look like a mismatch as the Wolverines enter with Auburn commitment Jeremy Johnson leading one of the most explosive offensive attacks in the state, but the Pirates have been on a roll recently as well.
Averaging 45.3 points per game, Carver's attack features Johnson, but that's far from all the playmakers available for the Montgomery powerhouse. At receiver Landy Capetillo and Dreaquan Murphy are capable of putting up big numbers as well. On defense junior linebacker Shaun Hamilton and senior safety Chequan Burkett lead an explosive group for Carver that gives up just over 14 points per game.
An All-State wide receiver, talented Nate Andrews moved to quarterback for Fairhope late in the season and the results have been startling for the Pirates. In three games he has 10 rushing touchdowns and has added three through the air to give his team a home game this week. Last week Fairhope upset Davidson 10-0.
Pinson Valley (8-3) at Muscle Shoals (11-0)
One of the top teams in 5A all season, the Trojans have dominated the opposition behind Auburn commitment Dee Liner and a defense that is allowing just 6.3 points per game. One of the most athletic defensive linemen in the country, Liner has 75 tackles, 18 tackles for losses, and seven sacks this season. It's not just on defense where Muscle Shoals gets it done, however, as it averages 40.1 points per game with a 28-21 win over Hartselle the lowest output of the season on that side of the ball.
Led by Auburn commitment Earnest Robinson at receiver and talented 2015 running back Nick Gibson in the backfield, Pinson Valley enters the contest following a 27-17 win over Pleasant Grove in round one of the playoffs. Averaging just over 32 points per game this season, the Indians have won six consecutive games since an overtime loss to 6A power Clay-Chalkville in week five.
Defensively, four-star linebacker Zach Cunningham is one of the fastest rising prospects in Alabama this year and enters week 12 averaging almost 20 tackles per game for Pinson Valley.
St. Paul's (9-2) at Greenville (6-5)
Following a 36-7 thrashing of Eufaula on the road last week, the Saints must again travel as they head to Greenville this week hoping to reach the third round. Led on defense by the nation's number one rated junior linebacker, Tre Williams, St. Paul's has plenty of offensive firepower to complement him led by running backs Jordan Huff and Ostin McPherson.
The two losses for the Saints this season came at the hands of Fairhope and Vigor. Averaging 33.2 points per game, St. Paul's allows just 11 on defense.
One of the biggest surprises of week one of the state playoffs came as Greenville went on the road and upset Homewood in Birmingham and enters round two allowing just 14.8 points per game. Senior quarterback Kent Riley leads the Greenville offense, running for a touchdown and throwing for three more in last week's win over #3 Homewood.
The entire AHSAA Second Round Schedule:
R.A. Hubbard at Marion County
Spring Garden at Hubbertville
Pickens County at Cedar Bluff
Linden at St. Jude
Brantley at Billingsley
Notasulga at McIntosh
Hackleburg at Berry-Fayette
St. Lukes at Maplesville
Sweet Water at Aliceville
Fyffe at Fultondale
Oakman at Mobile Christian
Lamar County at G.W. Long
Red Bay at Woodland
Washington County at Luverne
Walter Wellborn at Tanner
Reeltown at Sheffield
Lauderdale County at Geraldine
Piedmont at Deshler
Leeds at Bayside Academy
T.R. Miller at Midfield
Sylvania at Colbert County
W.S. Neal at Fayette County
Trinity at Straughn
Plainview at Madison Academy
J.O. Johnson at St. Clair County
Dadeville at UMS-Wright
Lincoln at Madison County
Beauregard at Handley
Central Clay County at Charles Henderson
Oneonta at North Jackson
Brooks at Munford
Tallassee at Dora
Vigor at Briarwood
Pinson Valley at Muscle Shoals
Wenonah at Hartselle
St. Pauls at Greenville
McAdory at Russellville
Chilton County at Benjamin Russell
Demopolis at Spanish Fort
Cullman at Walker
Mountain Brook at Bob Jones
Vestavia Hills at Huntsville
Carver Montgomery at Fairhope
Daphne at Opelika
Tuscaloosa County at Clay-Chalkville
Pell City at Hoover
Auburn at McGill
Foley at Spain Park